[TenTec] HamFest & Argonaut V

Troy Wideman w6hv@surfbest.net
Sat, 28 Sep 2002 17:22:30 -0700

 Hey, thanks for the great photos. Sure makes me wish I could have been
Troy, W6HV
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Kirkley <kenk@northspartan.org>
To: <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2002 2:24 PM
Subject: [TenTec] HamFest & Argonaut V

> http://www.northspartan.org/tentec.html for pictures
> Welp...just got back home from the radio mecca of the
> southeast...Sevierville, TN. Went up again this year to be a part of a
> enjoyable hamfest and gathering. Was special this year in that TenTec was
> putting its 2 newest radios on tables for anxious fingers to play with.
> Orion and the Argonaut V were brought out to the operating tent at 5:00pm
> on Friday. All eyes were turned in their direction. Amazingly I was able
> slip in through the tent flap to one of the tables as the radios were
> set up. Even more amazing was the fact that I was the first one to operate
> the Argonaut V at that table. As a matter of fact, to my knowledge, I was
> the first to make a contact with either one of the Argonauts (were two of
> them)! WOW!!!
> I was able to spin the tuning knob using both the slow tuning mode and the
> fast tuning mode until I found a QSO on 14.264. While waiting for a chance
> to throw in my callsign I fiddled some with the buttons on the front
> Set the rig for full power (20 Watts) and IMpatiently waited for a chance
> to call. At approximately 5:30pm I threw my call out and was thrilled to
> hear KE1MB, Joe, from MA answer me. Had a quick 5 minute QSO with him.
> Received a great audio report on the Argonaut V. He was impressed with
> it was doing on 20 watts into a G5RV antennae.
> My impression of the Argonaut V was, "Stan, can't I please go ahead and
> bring mine home while I am at TENTEC?" Unfortunately, he told me that I
> would still have to wait for it to be shipped in October. :(  For those
> wondering, the tuning knob is a heavy hunk of zinc that had a great feel
> it. It had a finger hole if needed for quick spinning. But, with the fast
> tune enabled (FUNC key then FAST key) you really fly across the band. I
> only able to spend about 5-10 minutes with the rig due to others who
> their turn. <grin>, but the time I spent with it was rewarding. The
> controls were all very intuitive. Was able to do what I wanted without the
> aid of a 10 lb manual. The receive audio was very good.
> Be sure to check out my pictures at
> . These pictures will not appear on a menu anywhere. Only way to them is
> typing in the address or clicking on the link.
> What a great trip!
> Ken/NO4D (who is awaiting the delivery truck in October)
> Oh, by the way, that is me on the bottom line of pictures with the
> microphone in my hand and the grin on my face!
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